LU! Live 2010 and the Hero Cosplay Battle

For Guild and Glory
The longest-running annual gaming event is back! Level Up! (LU!) Live     returns to make gaming history on November 6 and 7, 2010 at the World Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard Manila. And just like previous years, the entire gaming nation is once again preparing itself for the biggest gathering of online gamers to showcase their skills on the national stage.

This year, Level Up! Live 2010 will become the ultimate gaming arena where dreams of glory will be realized. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of making it big in the world of online gaming, LU! Live is the place to do it. Level Up! Live has seen the rise of many talented and gifted individuals who became prominent guild leaders and game heroes who represented the country in the international gaming arena. And so, Level Up! Live will dedicate this year’s event to the gamers who have just begun shooting for their dreams, and fighting for guild and glory.

Live 2010 brings back the biggest gaming tournaments in the country—Ragnarok Philippine Championship, RF Online Novus Elite Squad, Flyff Heroes of the Dragon Emblem, Rohan: Blood Wars, Perfect World Phoenix Council Wars, and Grand Chase Digmaan National Championships. But it doesn’t stop there, as this year’s most anticipated online gaming event will see the debut of two exciting new tournaments, from the exhilarating speed of the CK2RBO Cyber Racing League, to the blazing firepower of KOS: Secret Operations Pro League.

Aside from the tournaments, glory awaits the participants of Live 2010’s side events where gamers can display their amazing talents and creativity through Filmmaking, Digital Fan Art, Cosplay and Digital Photography competitions.

Mark your calendars and see you next weekend!

Hero Face Off: 

After converging at the recent CosplayMania X, the best Cosplayers in the country once again came out in full force to grace the Hero Face Off: Ultimate Cosplay Battle. 
The Skydome of SM North Edsa transformed into an animated arena as hundreds of cosplayers walked down the catwalk and tried to outpose each other for the titles and prizes at stake. 
From charming Japanese school girls, killer ninja get-ups, to intricately designed robots and mechas, the event showcased the immense talent of our local cosplayers.
About 200 participants faced off in three categories: Kids Squad Individual, League of Heroes Group and Face Off Individual in a battle not just of costume designs but of character portrayal as well.
The competition was so close that the judges had no choice but to declare two Face-off champions. 
Stephanie Alvez Sumbe, one of the freshest faces in the cosplay world, dressed up as a female Rathalos Blademaster from the game Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The 21-year-old teacher from Colegio de Santa Cecilia in Valenzuela admits to being an avid player of Monster Hunter and is the reason why she could portray her character almost flawlessly. 
Co-champion Mary Grace Roldan on the other hand left the audience in awe as she cosplayed not a specific character but as an entire castle. Yup. A moving castle. 
Roldan, said the inspiration came from Howl’s Moving Castle a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and loosely based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Her creation was so intricately done, Howl’s castle even had functioning lights and moving parts.
The two grand winners brought home P15,000 cash prize a Samsung F44 camcorder and tickets to attend the 2011 World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya Japan—the birthplace of cosplay itself.

Redfox Releases Wizpad
Redfox Technologies recently released its highly anticipated high-performance Tablet PC—the Wizpad. The Wizpad showcases a full PC system in a tablet with all of the usual PC or notebook functions such as personal computing, e-book reading, multimedia playback and mobile Internet. The Wizpad has a 1 GB DDR3 memory, 16 GB for storage, a multitouch capacitive touch screen and built in Wi-Fi. The Wizpad also has an integrated webcam, microphone and speakers and fully supports HD movies.
The Wizpad is now available at SM Appliance Stores and Robinsons Galleria Appliances.


Playstation Phone?
The rumor mills are up and running again as photos of the rumored Playstation Phone spread like wildfire over the week. According to Engadget’s “multiple, trusted sources,” the Playstation Phone, is currently codenamed “Zeus,” and     runs Android.

The “Zeus” will apparently be more powerful than the PSP, boasting a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and 512 MB of RAM, with a screen about 4” across. It’s features most of the same buttons as the PSP, is branded Sony Ericsson, and apparently includes a microSD card slot for removable storage instead of the a UMD drive and/or Memory Stick. Finally, it also has a small touch-sensitive control surface similar to the DS.

Sony, initially declared the pictures as “definitely fake,” but the company later retreated to its more usual “we don’t comment on rumors or speculation” stance.

Engadget has gained recognition for its news scoops on several unannounced hardware, such as MacBook Air, the iPad, the Nexus One, and the iPhone 4 prototype.


Datablitz picks of the week ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II’ (PS3)
The Star Wars Saga continues with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the highly anticipated sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever created, which has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. 
In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the world was introduced to Darth Vader’s now fugitive apprentice, Starkiller—the unlikely hero who would ignite the flames of rebellion in a galaxy so desperately in need of a champion. In the sequel, Starkiller returns with over-the-top Force powers and embarks on a journey to discover his own identity and to reunite with his one true love, Juno Eclipse. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Starkiller is once again the pawn of Darth Vader—but instead of training his protégée as a ruthless assassin, the dark lord is attempting to clone his former apprentice in an attempt to create the Ultimate Sith warrior. The chase is on—Starkiller is in pursuit of Juno and Darth Vader is hunting for Starkiller. With all-new devastating Force powers and the ability to dual-wield lightsabers, Starkiller cuts a swath through deadly new enemies across exciting worlds from the Star Wars films—all in his desperate search for answers to     his past.


For the first time in the CSI game series, team up with the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation not only to solve some of the most gruesome crimes of Sin City, but also to take down a dangerous drug cartel. Unveil clues in five connected cases to bring a powerful drug lord to justice in the most strategic and unpredictable CSI game yet!


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